June 5, 2012
Estate Of Misconduct
The Ohio Supreme Court web page report:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the law license of [an] Eastlake attorney...for filing an accounting with the Lake County Probate Court falsely stating that he had distributed $19,228 to the guardian of an estate beneficiary, and attaching to that report a receipt on which the purported signature of the guardian had been forged.
The court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline that [the attorney], whose license has been under suspension since 2009 for prior misconduct, violated the state disciplinary rules that prohibit an attorney from committing an illegal act that reflects adversely on his honesty or trustworthiness, engaging in conduct involving fraud, deceit, dishonesty or misrepresentation, and engaging in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice.
While noting the mitigating factor that [he] had made restitution to the estate beneficiary, the court imposed an indefinite license suspension based on the aggravating factors that he acted with a dishonest motive, caused harm to a vulnerable client, had prior disciplinary violations, and failed to acknowledge the wrongfulness of his conduct or cooperate with disciplinary authorities.
The opinion is linked here. The attorney was serving a suspensio for unrelated misconduct. (MIke Frisch)
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